Winter Wonderland


Bundle up, it’s time to celebrate the winter season!

Toss a few snowballs and head over to snowy Militia, which is back for the holiday and currently available in Casual and Deathmatch game modes.

The C4 is all wrapped up, and chickens are sporting their finest festive wear–everyone’s getting into the holiday spirit!

10 Year Coin


The Ten Year Veteran Coin is now available to players who have been a member of the Counter-Strike community for over 10 years. To receive the coin, you must have a Steam account in good standing, and must have owned (and played) a game from the Counter-Strike series for over 10 years.

2019 Service Medal


When you become a Global General (Rank 40), you’ll be given the opportunity to reset your Profile Rank. After January 1, 2019 you’ll be able to receive the new 2019 Service Medal, an inspectable display item that will be visible wherever your avatar is shown.

Welcome to the Danger Zone

Introducing Danger Zone — a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish. Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three!

CS:GO is now FREE TO PLAY

So there’s never been a better time to bring in your friends.

All players who played CS:GO before today’s update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. You were there from the beginning, so show it off! Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status.

As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. Additionally, your Prime Status will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats (available by earning XP while playing Danger Zone matches) and the all new Danger Zone Case.

Danger Zone Case

The Danger Zone Case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Horizon knives as rare special items. Click here for more details.

A new game mode, a new case, and CS:GO is free. What are you waiting for? GO! GO! GO!

Blue Skies

Halloween has come to a close, and Cobblestone has been cleaned up. Go check it out in the light of day!


A few weeks ago we released Biome and Subzero into the Casual game mode. Now that you’ve had a chance to learn the layout, it’s time to test your skill! Biome and Subzero have been added to Competitive Matchmaking.

Graveyard Shift


CS:GO just got a whole lot spookier!

For a limited time players can fright their way through a midnight makeover of Cobblestone. Along with Cobblestone’s haunting new look, players can torment their enemies from the grave as a ghost in Casual, Demolition, and Flying Scoutsman game modes. Spray graffiti, meet up with other undead, or just mess around with some breakable objects using a spectral ghost knife – it all makes for a scary good time!

And don’t forget about the chickens – they’ve also dressed for the occasion…

Happy Halloween!

Hot and Cold

There’s a lot to digest in today’s update, which includes some new maps, positional audio settings, and gameplay. Click here for more details!

Entering the Rotation

Two new maps have entered the game, Biome and Sub-Zero, and they’re currently available to play in the Casual Sigma map group. We’re measuring playtime on these (and other) maps in CS:GO, so vote with your bullets and let us know which maps should stick around!

There are other changes to the map pool. Austria has been a popular Casual map, and is now available for Competitive Matchmaking (and has been moved into the Casual Delta map group), while Canals has been moved out of Competitive Matchmaking. Additionally, today we’ll be saying goodbye to Shipped and Insertion.

Starting Conditions

Today we’re shipping a change to the start-of-half economy aimed at reducing the immediate impact of losing a pistol round. In Competitive Matchmaking, both teams are now considered to start the half with a one-round ‘losing streak’ that is reset following a round win. Instead of $1400, the Round 1 loser receives $1900, then $2400 for a subsequent loss, etc.

We’ve also made some gameplay changes to the CZ75a and the Tec9, as well as a price cut to the SG553 and AUG.

So take a deep breath, dive into a match, and see what’s new!